„It is not good for a man to be too cognizant of his physical and spiritual mechanisms. Complete knowledge reveals limits to human possibilities, and the less a man is by nature limited in his purposes, the less he can tolerate limits.“

—  Stanisław Lem, Fiasco (1986), Ch. 3, tr. Michael Kandel (1987)
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